TSMC beats out Samsung, will be the exclusive producer of A12 chips for 2018 iPhone models?

Apple designs the chipsets used to power the iPhone, and then turns over the manufacturing to a company with the facilities to produce the component. In the last few years, Samsung and TSMC have been given the task (exclusively, or together) to produce these chips. TSMC has beaten out Samsung in the race to the 7nm process and according to industry sources, Apple has given the foundry an exclusive to produce the A12 SoC that will be used on the 2018 iPhone lineup. TSMC already has orders from 40 customers to produce chips for mobile devices, using the 7nm process.

TSMC reportedly plans on …


Google prepares for a knock down drag out fight with Amazon at CES 2018

With the 2018 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show set to open this Monday, Google has been setting up a very complex display for the large number of attendees that will be passing through the Las Vegas Convention Center. With the phrase “Hey Google” written on the side of the city’s monorail cars, and seen on various billboards around town, Google will apparently be heavily promoting Google Assistant at CES this year. A rivalry of sorts has developed between Google’s virtual personal assistant, and Amazon’s Alexa.
Amazon’s Alexa personal …

Best new icon packs for Android (January 2018)

New year, new resolutions, and in our case, new icon packs!
While the vast majority of Android consumers use their devices without customizing these at all, a smaller group of Android enthusiasts can hardly go for more than a week before overhauling the appearance of their homescreens. What can we say, we are guilty of that as well! Thanks to the multitude of icon packs arriving weekly on the Play Store, that’s as easy as abc.
This is why we regularly show you the icon packs that have recently made their way to the Play Store and deserve your attention. …

Best smart speakers (2018)

Smart speakers are expected to be the fastest growing new category of technology in 2018, outpacing wearables, as well as AR and VR devices, according to analysis, but what are the best smart speakers around?
We look at the top smart speakers in 2018: from Google’s Home series to Amazon’s extensive lineup of Echo speakers, to all the other popular alternatives and Apple’s own, Siri-powered HomePod.

The big battle in smart speakers: Alexa vs Google Assistant

We compare their prices, features, pros and cons, and more right below, …

Rumor: Sony's first Snapdragon 845 phones, Xperia XZ1 Premium and XZ1 Plus, will be unveiled at MWC 2018

If you’re waiting for Sony to announce new high-end
smartphones at CES 2018 later this month, you might be in for a disappointment.
According to Georgian website Vortex.ge, Sony plans to unveil its first
high-end handsets of the year a bit later, at MWC (February 26 – March 1). If that’s true, Sony’s CES 2018 press event will
likely bring us just mid-range and lower-end phones like the recently
leaked Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2.

 

Reportedly, Sony intends to showcase the following
smartphones at MWC 2018: Xperia XZ1 Premium, Xperia XZ1 Plus, and Xperia XZ1s – all
being upgrades …

Smart speakers will be the fastest growing new category in 2018, outpacing wearables, AR and VR

Smart speakers will be the fastest-growing new category of technology in 2018, according to research by analytics firm Canalys.
Smart speaker sales will beat sales of wearables, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) devices, three of the commonly named technologies previously said to grow fast in a maturing smartphone market.
Total smart speaker sales are expected to reach a whopping 56.3 million units in 2018, with Google and Amazon expected to lead the way with their Google Home and Alexa speakers. …

Best smartwatches (January 2018)

2018 is the year when we were supposed to have jetpacks and flying cars. Instead, we got smartwatches, the supposed new category, a beginning of a new niche that has started to form.

Instead of jetpacks and flying cars, in 2018, we get smartwatchesSome devices, however, do stand out in the crowd. The elephant in the room is, of course, the Apple Watch. The smartwatch has seen a lukewarm reception and it is only compatible with the iPhone, but with a rich app ecosystem, an appealing design and accurate fitness monitoring and pulse meter it is one of the best out there. Luckily, …

CES 2018: A schedule of events

The 2018 edition of CES, one of the bigger trade shows that are largely concerning the mobile industry, is about to kick off in a couple of days’ time in Las Vegas, Nevada. Just as any other year, it’s expected to become the center-stage where a host of innovative new consumer-grade products get announced, and that includes a host of smartphones as well.

We’ve already told you what new device you should expect at CES 2018, including but not limited to devices from Sony, which is expected to announce a new flagship, while many other manufacturers are expected to reveal their handsets, …

Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) to be sold in India as an Amazon exclusive


The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) will launch in India this month. With the Infinity Display present on both models, these will be cheaper substitutes for Sammy’s 2017 flagships. And pricing is important in India, which is the second largest smartphone market in the world after China. With a low per capita income, Indian smartphone buyers have to do their research on whether a certain handset is affordable.

When the Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) launches in India, it will be an Amazon exclusive. We come to that conclusion thanks to a teaser on the Amazon India website …

AT&T to launch a real mobile 5G network by the end of 2018

AT&T is planning to launch a mobile 5G network that will comply with the recently approved 5G New Radio (NR) specifications. In its press release, the US carrier states that the service will be available in 12 cities by the end of this year, but it hasn’t specified the names of those markets or which devices will get upgraded to the higher speeds first.
Melissa Arnoldi, president of AT&T Technology and Operations, has commented on the developments:

5G will change the way we live, work and enjoy entertainment. We’re moving quickly to begin deploying mobile …